Centrally Acting ACE Inhibitor Use and Physical Performance in Older Adults

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Background: There is conflicting evidence regarding the role of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and physical function. While some studies show improvements in muscle strength and physical function, others show no significant difference or decreased performance. This ambiguity could be due to differential effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor subtypes which can be categorized as centrally or peripherally-acting based upon their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Objective: The objective of this study is to compare physical performance measures among angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor subtype users. Methods: Design: Cross-sectional Setting: Ambulatory Participants: Performed in 364 participants in the Health and Retirement Study cohort who were ≥ 65 years (median age (IQR) 74.00 (69–80) years. Measurements: Average difference in hand grip (kg), gait speed(m/s) and peak expiratory flow (L/min). Results: Compared to participants on a peripherally-acting angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (113 (31%)), those on a centrally-acting agent (251(69%)) had stronger grip strength 28.9 ±1.0 vs 26.3±1.0, p=.011 and higher peak expiratory flow rates 316.8±130.4 vs. 280.0±118.5, p=.011 in unadjusted analysis. After multiple adjustments the difference in PEF remained statistically significant (Estimate(CI) 26.5, 95% CI 2.24, 50.5, p = 0.032). Conclusion: Our results suggest that in older adults the use of centrally-acting angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors compared to a peripherally acting angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors was associated with better lung function in older individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of frailty & aging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
  • aging
  • gait
  • grip strength
  • peak flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Physiology (medical)


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